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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

Caryophyllaceae - The Pink Family


Annual or perennial herbs, often with a sticky, glandular pubescence. Leaves simple, opposite, sessile, entire, usually exstipulate. Flowers perfect, regular, solitary in forks of the stem or in terminal cymes; sepals 5; petals 5, often reduced or absent, often bilobed or deeply cleft, white or pinkish; stamens usually numbering the same or twice the number of the sepals, sometimes fewer; pistil 3- or 5-carpellary, styles 3 or 5, ovary superior, 1-celled. Fruit a many-seeded capsule, dehiscent by valves or terminally by teeth.

Lead Characteristic Go To
1 Stipules present, scarious; leaves rather succulent. Genus Spergularia
1 Stipules none; leaves not succulent. Lead 2
2 Capsules laterally dehiscent by valves; styles 3. Genus Stellaria
2 Capsules terminally dehiscent by teeth; styles 5. Genus Cerastium


14. Caryophyllaceae, the Pink Family
1. Cerastium L.--Mouse-ear chickweed
1. Cerastium brachypodum (Engelm. ex A. Gray) Robins.
2. Cerastium nutans Raf.
2. Spergularia J. & C. Presl -- Sand-spurry
1. Spergularia marina (L.) Griseb.-- Salt-marsh sand-spurry
3. Stellaria L. -- Stitchwort
1. Stellaria crassifolia Ehrh.
2. Stellaria longifolia Muhl. ex Willd. -- Long-leaved stitchwort
3. Stellaria longipes Goldie


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